Hospitality often begins with a simple "Hi," but in this case, make it HEI. Founded in 2002, HEI Hospitality is an investment vehicle that owns more than 40 hotel properties in 16 states, most of them located in major metropolitan areas across the US. All of them are franchises associated with one of four companies -- Starwood Hotels, Marriott, Hilton, and InterContinental Hotels -- and brands include Sheraton, Embassy Suites, Crowne Plaza, Le Méridien, Westin, and W. (New York's famed Algonquin Hotel is one of the Marriott-associated properties.) The company was founded by brothers Gary and Steve Mendell, CEO and president, respectively.
HEI has come under increased scrutiny for its alleged poor treatment of employees. University endowment funds, in particular, which provide much of the investment funding for HEI, have been pressured to end their involvement with the company. – less